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Chinese banks to support renovation of old communities

Updated: Jul 20,2020 06:57 AM    Xinhua

BEIJING — Two Chinese banks will issue loans totaling 436 billion yuan (about $62.25 billion) within the next five years to support the renovation of old urban residential areas across the country.

China Development Bank, a major policy bank, has signed strategic cooperation agreements with Jilin, Zhejiang, Shandong, Hubei and Shaanxi to offer the provinces 261 billion yuan of loans.

China Construction Bank, one of the country's largest State-owned commercial banks, will offer loans worth 175 billion yuan to the cities of Chongqing, Shenyang, Nanjing, Hefei, Fuzhou, Zhengzhou, Changsha, Guangzhou and Suzhou.

Wang Menghui, minister of housing and urban-rural development, said at the agreement-signing ceremony that a large number of old urban residential communities require renovation as they generally have poor facilities and sanitation and lack public services and community management.

Wang added that the funding of the renovation projects should be shared by the government and the society at large.

The cooperation between the financial institutions and local governments aims at speeding up the establishment of a market-oriented and sustainable model for renovation projects and offering more replicable practices.

China has intensified the renovation of old urban residential areas this year, with 39,000 communities to be renovated and benefiting around 7 million households.